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  • Healthcare reform ignores malpractice lawsuits

    By Kerry PicketPublished July 27, 2009 Comments

      Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky talked about the high costs of health care today. In particular, Mr. McConnell pointed out how malpractice lawsuits affect how expensive healthcare can become. Dr. Orrin Devinsky, NYU Langone Medical Center neurologist and researcher agrees with Senator McConnell.  Dr. Devinsky told the Washington Times,: "By some calculations forty-five to well over fifty percent of the money paid for malpractice actually goes to lawyers and administrators not to the patients. The large percentage of malpractice suits when reviewed independently of doctors and lawyers are felt not to be justified and many people who are wronged don't ever get malpractice reimbursement. And that's just the cost of malpractice directly. There is the indirect costs of doctors ordering more tests to cover themselves. Hospitals doing things to cover themselves against the potential for liability, and those add tremendously to the medical costs. I think there are ...

  • Video: Henry Gates 1996 diatribe on racism

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 27, 2009 Comments

    Hotairpundit.blogspot.com posted a 1996 video of Henry Louis Gates going off on what he calls "Racist White Institutions."  In the video he slams both Justice Clarence Thomas and then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich(R-Ga.)  

  • Gates may not really want to move on

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 24, 2009 Comments

    Update at the bottom - Gates accuses Crowley of fabricating police report The Henry Louis Gates controversy with the Cambridge police is not the first time the Harvard professor has made racially based remarks.  During a Q & A with Greg Hicks at the University of Washington School of Law on January 16, 2009, Professor Gates discussed the idea of having an African American family in the White House and said the following: GATES:But I think more importantly, to me, is seeing a normal black family, a superior black family, but a normal organic nuclear family, with two little black girls running around the White House, that is a paradigm shift. I think that even the thickest, dumbest white person will understand that we are in a new world. And they'll begin to see black people in a different way, subliminally. But I don't think it's going to... Greg and I ...

  • Audio: Sharpton niece wants repercussions for Cambridge snitch

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 24, 2009 Comments

    Where there is a race controversy there is Al Sharpton.  In this case, Rev. Sharpton's niece and radio sidekick, Brittany, has taken the Henry Louis Gates-Sgt.James Crowley controversy to another level.  Radio Equalizer Brian Maloney picked up the audio and transcript below of Ms. Sharpton blaming the woman who called the Cambridge police after spotting two unidentified men (one of whom was Gates) breaking into Professor Gates's home.  It should be pointed out Professor Gates's house was previously broken into.   <   BRITTANY SHARPTON (44:24): What I was also wondering is what should be the repercussions for this lady that reportedly you know called and thought someone was breaking in. If he’s lived here for so many years, I’m sure she knew that, even if she didn’t... (Guest David A Wilson interrupts) DAVID A WILSON: Well maybe she didn’t know. It just one of those sort of things where it’s difficult. Yeah, ...

  • Who really acted 'stupidly'?

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 23, 2009 Comments

    July 23 08:46 PM UPDATE: Real Clear Politics Video: President Obama defended his comment about the Henry Louis Gates arrest last night saying to ABC's Terry Moran, "I think that I have extraordinary respect for the difficulties of the job that police officers do," the president told Moran. "And my suspicion is that words were exchanged between the police officer and Mr. Gates and that everybody should have just settled down and cooler heads should have prevailed. That's my suspicion. Jul 23 01:25 PM -AP UPDATE: The White House has responded to clarify the President's remarks from last night on the Henry Louis Gates arrest: "The White House tried Thursday to calm a hubbub over President Barack Obama's comments about a white police officer's arrest of a black scholar near Boston, saying Obama was not calling the officer "stupid." Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that Obama felt that when it was clear that Harvard scholar Louis Gates Jr. was ...

  • Obama's blame game fact check

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 22, 2009 Comments

    President Obama glazed over some facts tonight at his press conference.  A minor point concerning the president's tendency to blame the Republican party for the country's current circumstances was reported by the Associated Press.   OBAMA: "You haven't seen me out there blaming the Republicans." THE FACTS: Obama did so in his opening statement, saying, "I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me."  It should be noted The Hill reported President Obama also blamed the GOP yesterday for stalling the healthcare bill. "President Obama sharply criticized Republicans on Tuesday for following a 'familiar script' to 'block healthcare reform.'" The president, seeking to prod the Democratic-controlled Congress to show significant progress on healthcare reform before the August recess, directed blame at the GOP for the stalled ...

  • Cornyn puts regulatory czar wannabe sunstein on hold

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 21, 2009 Comments

    Cass Sunstein, President Obama's nominee for "regulatory czar," looked like he would sail through a confirmation process, but Fox News is reporting Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn has put a "hold" on Mr. Sunstein's confirmation.  According to Fox New.com: "Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr. Sunstein's record troubling, specifically the fact that he wants to establish legal 'rights' for livestock, wildlife and pets, which would enable animals to file lawsuits in American courts," the Republican's spokesman, Kevin McLaughlin, said in a statement to FOXNews.com. Cornyn's hold on Sunstein comes just as Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., last week lifted his own hold on the nominee, whom Obama tapped in April to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Budget and Management.  The choice of Mr.Sunstein as a regulatory czar has startled first amendment activists, as he has condoned government intervention as a ...

  • Video - Rep. Russ Carnahan jeered on healthcare reform

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 21, 2009 Comments

    During a healthcare forum on Monday, Congressman Russ Carnahan, (D- MO.), was mocked by an audience member who asked, "If it's so good why doesn't Congress have to be on it?"(h/t Real Clear Politics)  Perhaps Mr. Carnahan should look closely at Resolution 615 which would require members of Congress who vote for a government healthcare option to enroll themselves and their families into the same government healthcare plan.  d

  • Advice columnist sides with college over gay roommate assignment

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 20, 2009 Comments

    Syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson sided with an un-named college today that told an incoming freshman he must room with a gay student despite his objections.  Ms. Dickinson answered a letter of a mother of an 18-year old son: "I agree with your school's policy not to discriminate. You could help your son by assuming that he will have a successful roommate experience, but let him know what his options are if he doesn't. Sometimes students are held hostage by their roommates' nighttime schedule, alcohol use, or indiscriminate dating life. That's why the school permits students to switch roommates after a two-week trial. "My roommate is gay" in and of itself isn't a valid reason to switch in advance, any more than, 'my roommate is Asian' would be." Philly.com hasmore

  • Obama's gaffe on healthcare

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 20, 2009 Comments

    Perhaps President Obama is staying up late working on the much criticized health care reform plans in congress.  According to  Politico, he gaffed it up on Monday at the Childrens National Medical Center in Washington when he said:  "The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system," Obama said in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers. "And greater stability and security to America's families and businesses."   Maybe those Blue Dog Democrats are really getting to Mr. Obama.  Check out the video of Mr. Obama's gaffe, courtesy of Politico.

  • Did Obama move deadline for healthcare passage?

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 20, 2009 Comments

    CBS Marketwatch is reporting that President Obama is apparently moving his deadline for Congress to pass health-care reform legislation:   President Barack Obama called on Monday for passing a health-care overhaul by the end of the year, saying the need for reform is "urgent" and "indisputable." This is interesting, because Mr.Obama had previously had been pushing for Congress to pass legislation before the August recess.  It seems the doubt about the Democrats' health care plan is growing in Blue Dog Democrats as well as governors from both parties.  The administration seems up against the ropes as polls for government healthcare have already dipped:Gallup , Rasmussen.       

  • Democratic senators vote against First Amendment rights

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 17, 2009 Comments

    The Senate approved a federal hate crimes measure on Thursday by voice vote after a 63 to 28 procedural vote was needed to allow it on to the defense authorization bill. While it is particularly bizarre that the Leahy Hate Crimes Amendment was attached to a defense authorization bill, it is even more disturbing that thirteen senators, all Democrats, voted against Senator Brownback’s, (R-KS), amendment which “would ensure that any application of a federal hate crimes measure would not be construed or applied to infringe on First Amendment rights.” This means Senators Akaka (D-HI), Brown (D-OH), Burris (D-IL), Cardin (D-MD), Gillibrand (D-NY), Harkin (D-IA), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Leahy (D-VT), Mikulski (D-MD), Reed (D-RI), Reid (D-NV), Schumer (D-NY), and Whitehouse (D-RI) are more than willing to explicitly have the government censor Americans in exchange for a political agenda. The Brownback Amendment passed 78 to 13. update: date of voice vote and language ...

  • Video: Sen. Bernie Sanders, healthcare tax hike champ

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 17, 2009 Comments

    Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), defended the Democrats' health care plan today on the Fox News Channel's America's News Room.  Not surprisingly, Mr. Sanders dodged questions from Megyn Kelly regarding taxes on small businesses. He looked to "fat cats on Wall Street" instead as the ones who will be pick-pocketed by the government.  Check out the video below.  

  • Video: Man attends L.A. City Council meeting in KKK robe

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 17, 2009 Comments

    KTLA News reported yesterday that a Los Angeles City Council meeting was interrupted by an individual who walked in wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. Michael Hunt, an African American, wore the robe into the city council meeting and refused to remove his hood when it was his time to speak. After three African American city council members left out of disgust, the meeting ended. It is still unclear why Mr. Hunt wore the KKK garb into the meeting; however, according to KTLA Hunt recently won a $260,000 settlement against the city challenging its vending ordinance in federal court as a violation of his rights and may use his latest stunt to sue the city again over a violation of his First Amendment rights.    

  • Video-Rep. Steve King: People die when they wait in line

    by Kerry PicketPublished July 16, 2009 Comments

    After discussing the dangers of rationing healthcare on Wednesday, Iowa Republican Steve King  showed fellow House members a massive flowchart of the Democrat healthcare plan.

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